Talking about Social Media

Hand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

For many adults Social Media can be scary.  It’s like moving to another country and not knowing the language.

I am a Digital Immigrant. I didn’t learn to use email until I was graduating from college. Everything I’ve learned about computers has been pretty much on my own. I learned DOS in Junior High but I don’t think it’s helping me now. I’m open to learning new things and am ok with change.

My kids are Digital Natives. They have known nothing but a technological world. They are constantly trying new things online and seem to have a lack of fear when it comes to change in technology. They actually seem to thrive on it.

The question is how do we go about talking to the Digital Natives and try to “teach” them when they know more about social media than we know.

We use our past experience.

I may not know the best way to tag a photo on Instagram but I do know that when I make a comment to someone it should be respectful or feelings can be hurt.

Even though as a Digital Immigrant you don’t know the in’s and out’s of technology doesn’t mean that you can’t talk about technology.

Personalize it.

Give your kids the emotional connection to what they are doing.  Remind them of the feelings they get from doing certain activities and teach them to apply it to their “Online Life”.

 

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